Acts 19:35-41

35The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Men of Ephesus, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven? 36Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to be quiet and not do anything rash. 37You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess. 38If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. 39If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. 40As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of today’s events. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.” 41After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.

One response to “Acts 19:35-41

  1. An interesting addition to the Bible. It shows that these people were encouraged to believe in the rule of law and the use of the court system. They are so blinded in the false faith and they accept this false god as absolute truth. Yet they still are encouraged to act civilly and treat the missionaries according to the law.

    We live in an orderly and lawful society, despite the violence. We should also strive to respect the laws and the system that we live in and to share our faith in accordance with our law. I have never been in favor of zealots who try to find a law to break and somehow think they are advancing the kingdom through civil disobedience.

    Christ shared through love, compassion, and investing into people’s lives. I believe in His example.

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